Area Information


Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River, Lynchburg is known as the "City of Seven Hills," "The Hill City" and sometimes described as "A City Unto Itself," mostly in reference to the city's historical avoidance of state and federal entanglements. Madison Heights is a census-designated place in Amherst County, and part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Native Americans were the first to populate the area, hunting and fishing along the countless rivers and streams. By the late 1600s, English explorers and traders traveled up the James River to this region. By 1730, many new families moved into the land currently known as Amherst County, drawn by the desire for land and the good tobacco-growing soil.

First settled in 1757, Lynchburg was named for its founder, John Lynch, who at the age of 17 started a ferry service at a ford across the James River to carry traffic to and from New London. He was also responsible for Lynchburg's first bridge across the river, which replaced the ferry in 1812.

Lynchburg was established by charter in 1786 at the site of Lynch's Ferry. It grew to become the new center of commerce for tobacco trading. In 1810, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Lynchburg is perhaps the most rising place in the U.S. ... It ranks now next to Richmond in importance ..."

Lynchburg gets roughly 43 inches of rain per year and 11 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is approximately 99. On average, there are 222 sunny days per year in our community. The July high is around 87 degrees and January low is 27.

Amherst County Public School District consists of 10 schools with three elementary school and a middle school. Liberty University is located eight miles away in Lynchburg. Washington and Lee University lies 30 miles down the road in Lexington. There are five more institutes of higher learning within an hour's drive of our community.


Lynchburg Regional Airport provides service with major carriers and a variety of flight times for all passengers. There is also an Amtrak station located in Lynchburg.

Virginia Baptist and Lynchburg hospitals are both located nearby with two others within 30 miles. Central Virginia Training Center calls Lynchburg home.

Here, along the banks of the scenic James River, one will find endless opportunity for adventure, entertainment, amusement, relaxation and much more. Discover historic sites, exciting recreational and cultural opportunities, extraordinary shopping, gracious dining and first-class accommodations.

Our area boasts renowned attractions such as the National D-Day Memorial, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, the breathtaking Natural Bridge, the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park and Patrick Henry's Red Hill estate, just to name a few.

Lynchburg is the perfect spot to settle down. Stop by our United Country office, and let us show you all Central Virginia has to offer.

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